Diggers skipper Nathan Nolan in action this season.
Diggers skipper Nathan Nolan in action this season. David Crossley

Gmpie Diggers present rock-solid defence

GYMPIE Diggers can now label themselves the best team in Wide Bay after they outclassed Moore Park at the weekend's minor premiership deciding fixture.

Playing in windy conditions, Diggers travelled to Bundaberg for the high-pressure Four Cities match and came away with a 2-1 victory.

Key Diggers mid-fielder Adam Cross claimed the golden boot award after scoring his 16th goal of the competition and said it was a closely fought game.

"We came into the fixture knowing it would be a hard game as Moore Park is definitely one the best teams in the competition," Cross said.

"We got off to a great start and took control of the game from the get-go.

"It was 2-0 until the dying moments when they scored a last minute penalty.

"Our rock-solid defence is what got us through; our boys in the backline did a great job."

Now getting ready for their home semi-final this weekend against Bingera, Cross said his side would need to bring their A-game if they wanted to make it through to the grand final.

"Bingera are the only team that has had a win against us this year," Cross said.

"The person who came second in the golden boot competition with 14 goals is from Bingera so they definitely know how to score."

Although trying their best to make the final, Cross said if they made it they could be without four players.

"Manchester United are playing an all-stars match in Australia that weekend and some of us have already bought a ticket," he said.

"Right now we are trying to talk with officials and hopefully get the date of the final changed."

Diggers will train twice this week in anticipation of the match and hope to get a big crowd at One Mile Oval on Saturday night to cheer the local team on.

Gympie Times


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